About Us

We are AFSCME Council 65

America’s communities never rest. Streets need cleaning. Families need care. Students deserve well-run schools, and our neighborhoods demand safety. That’s why people who work in public service never stop. This isn’t just a job. It’s a calling. The work matters because it means something to make a community better.

AFSCME Council 65 believes that every person working to sustain their community deserves respect. As part of the AFL-CIO, AFSCME is one of the leading advocates for working women and men in Minnesota. We represent 13,500 members across Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota who provide the vital services that make our communities work, and we believe everyone deserves a chance to earn a living wage, good benefits, and the freedom to organize together to negotiate their terms and conditions of employment.

AFSCME Council 65 is the union that honors solidarity without conformity, drawing each member’s story into a force of experience and commitment that can’t be ignored. That’s how we win better lives for ourselves, our families, and our communities. For people proudly committed to public service, we never quit.

We are AFSCME Council 65, join us.

Officers

President- Executive Board
Vice President- Executive Board
Executive Director
Organizing Director
Organizing Director, Jo Musel Parr
Finance Director
Office Manager, Linda Kresal
Secretary/Treasurer
Recording Secretary
Executive Board Member - Local 105
Executive Board Member, District #1
Executive Board Member, District #2
Executive Board Member, Amanda Due
Executive Board Member - District #3
Executive Board Member - District #4
Executive Board Member- ND and SD
At Large Board Member
Trustee-2020
Dawn Cullifer, Trustee
Trustee-2021
Trustee-2022
Jeremy Hanson
Retiree President
Steve Preble
Staff Attorney
Political, Legislative, & Communications Coordinator
Lead Organizer
Thor Backus, Lead Organizer
Labor Representative-South Dakota
Labor Representative-South Dakota
Kooper Caraway, Labor Representative South Dakota
Labor Representative
Ginger Thrasher, Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Troy Bauch
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Joseph McMahon, Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Labor Representative
Finance Assistant
Michelle Rice, Financial Assistant
Office Specialist/Membership Coordinator
Cheryl Anderson, Office Specialist/Membership Coordinator
Finance Assistant
Susan Kunkel, Office Specialist
Office Specialist/Membership Coordinator